Interview with Herbert X. Blyden
QUESTION 28
INTERVIEWER:

The yard has been taken, retaken what happened to you when the state troopers and the guards came in, were you hurt?

HERB BLYDEN:

When the state troopers and the guards came in, ah, to immediately take the inmates now out of the yard to their cells, we were made to strip, lay in the mud face down and crawl to a guard 10 to 20 feet away from the guard that had you stripped. At that point that guard would mark an X with White chalk on the back of select inmates who were then removed from the mud physically by two additional guards, placed in a line to run a gauntlet of correction officers to be beaten all the way to another cell block for housing. You ran over glass and bottle or whatever you had because you were stripped naked with your hands on your head and you were beaten with the batons all the way to the cells. In the trek to the cell we could see some of the other brothers laying there getting their X placed on them or just singled out for special treatment, as they called it. I remember L.D. Barkley was one. He was still alive and well when we left the yard and there was no additional shooting wantonly. Ah, as it turned out, he was selected, I guess for murder. How do you deal with that without--

INTERVIEWER:

Let's cut.

HERB BLYDEN:

You see? You see what I'm saying? You can't--